Children's Literature - Children's LiteratureOne of a series of Holiday House books about American celebrations, this book presents a family in Cincinnati, Ohio, celebrating the Jewish holiday of Passover. While the text does not provide vastly different information from other nonfiction picture books explaining this holiday, the full color photographs provide a distinctly up-to-date feel. Educators will be comfortable showing these pictures of children dressed in modern clothing, setting the holiday table and cooking with grandparents. The book begins with a picture of Micah, a nine-year-old boy smiling over the handlebars of his bike. The straightforward text says that Micah is a Cincinnati Reds fan and enjoys spring for two reasons--baseball and Passover. This depiction of ordinary American children celebrating a culturally specific holiday sends a positive message. There is a photograph of Micah, eating matzah at school. The caption states that his non-Jewish friends enjoy tasting matzah, too. Other photographs show traditional Passover foods, such as matzah and gefilte fish. The text includes a synopsis of the Passover story and definitions (including pronunciations) of Passover terms. Lines from a Reform Jewish Passover service are quoted. All in all, this book is a useful and attractive explanation of a Jewish holiday. 2000, Holiday House, Ages 8 to 12, $16.95. Reviewer: Jackie HechtkopfChildren's Literature
School Library JournalGr 2-5-Hoyt-Goldsmith follows nine-year-old Micah and his family's celebration of this important Jewish holiday. Beginning with an introduction, the accessible narrative moves into the Exodus story, the food, the Haggadah, the seder, and the various traditions surrounding Passover. Though parts of the ceremony are glossed over, for the most part, the text provides a good explanation of the holiday and its significance. The many crisp, full-color photographs of the family are attractive despite looking posed in places. Beautifully detailed watercolor borders also give the book an inviting look. The page layout is varied, adding interest and visual appeal. Despite one misleading translation from the Hebrew, this title is one of the more accurate, informative, and enjoyable works on the subject available.-Amy Lilien-Harper, Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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A very special family shares the tradition filled celebration of Passover in a very warm, informative way. Wonderful photos and text that explain the meaning of the holiday and its many symbols in understandable terms for children of all ages.